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NewYorkGuy

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  1. I hope so -- sadly, it also meant not being able to watch or get a time-delay recording of *Daisies*, *Andrei Rublev* and *Ashes & Diamonds*. So it would be great to have them all shown again in the not too distant future. And with that, I think this buttons up this thread.
  2. LOL. I did try both the regular channel (82) and HD (782) last night -- same thing. I rebooted; no, it was just TCM, for whatever reason. This went on all night. It finally cleared up this morning while I was getting ready for work. Went to shave and shower and the picture was still dark; came back to dress and it was fine. As they say in New York, go figure.
  3. Anyone else not seeing the film? Other channels on Time Warner here working fine, but picture went out after about 30 minutes, then audio towards the top of the hour, and now we have nothing. I miss the old days, when stations would at least put up a sign saying they were working on it and apologize for a loss of signal due to "technical difficulties."
  4. I didn't know either "Rawhide" or "Nightmare Alley" before the other night. I liked the former better overall -- and was scared witless when that little girl was around those horses' legs -- but certainly Power's performance in the latter was superb. I also thought maybe there was more lurking under the script's surface towards the end of "Nightmare Alley" when the hotel employee asked Power's character if he'd like anything else. But maybe that's a 2013 mind overthinking a 1947 screenplay.
  5. LOL. I sympathize with Grant in the situation, but I still find it hilarious and wish I could see it. I was a kid when Paar was on but I was aware of him enough that it sounds totally like something he'd do.
  6. To state the obvious (which I don't see anyone having said in the four pages of this thread so far): TCM is broadminded and permissive of late because they're bundling up a whole lot of films in and around The Story of Film series. Mark Cousins' cited IACY in this week's episode, et voila! I think it's great. In fact there are too many films and filmmakers in the series that we're still not getting to see that break my little heart. But I realize there are limits to what the channel can acquire and air.
  7. Some of the criticism is baffling to me. He gives credit to what happened first when and where, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere. Those are facts, not opinions. I'll make up my mind about the worth of the whole series, and its supposed prejudices, after it's concluded -- not based on just the first episode. But the comments below have certainly been interesting.
  8. The film selection was pretty great. But Ben's intros and outros weren't particularly illuminating about Glenda herself -- that was a disappointment.
  9. Responding to the poster below, I watched a time-shifted "You Were Meant for Me" last night during "Pinky," which I already knew. YWMFM was OK but it was hard for me to accept the performers as characters instead of this just being a variety show starring Dan Dailey and Oscar Levant. "Dangerous Crossing" -- looking forward to seeing that later. The one that I found fascinating but definitely no more than 2 stars was "Take Care of My Little Girl," with its depiction of 1940s sorority life and the various humiliations some people suffer to take part in the Greek system. Most of the act
  10. Several times in the last several years I've mentioned on the boards that I'd enjoy seeing one of my guilty pleasures, "Gidget Goes to Rome," on the TCM schedule, and yesterday we got that chance. And in letterbox, at that. It's a perfect summer Sunday afternoon picture with a number of charms, including Trudi Ames and Lisa Gastoni in supporting roles and a completely successful Gidget turn by Cindy Carol. And I enjoy what's going on in the party scene about two-thirds of the way through much more as an adult than when I saw this * *ahem* * decades ago. So, I don't know if my
  11. I thought it was terrific. What an enjoyable silent film I'd never heard of before. It's a film I'd think older kids could enjoy -- those with patience to watch a silent -- but it also has plenty of subtext one can only appreciate as an adult.
  12. I'm happy to let her have a day. I mean, she does have one of the great all-time names -- Vir-JIN-ya VALE!
  13. In "Funny Girl" I always get a kick out of the upswept hairdos on the ladies, which was totally a late-60s trend. See: Jo Anne Worley on "Laugh-in."
  14. Maybe you had to be 9, like I was, and experience Jason & The Argonauts in a typically huge 1963 movie theater. That movie was the stuff of dreams and nightmares and replays in my head over and over, and stuck with me like no other fantasy film of the period. Yes, seeing his Sinbad when in college didn't have the same effect on an older me. But I'm not about to belittle his overall career and what he accomplished in the industry and how I thought and felt about it when I was a little boy. RIP, Harry, and thanks for the fond memories. I look forward to a TCM tribute soon.
  15. There's another good one coming up tonight on TCM around 9:30 -- "There's no place like home!"
  16. Not quibbling with the many heart-tugging endings people have posted. I just want to chime in with one of the most memorable last lines/endings I've seen in more contemporary films, a comedy (someone else can chime in with "Some Like It Hot"). It's the last, perfectly-in-character, line of the last scene showing these two gals are moving on: "Let's fold scarves!," said Michelle (Lisa Kudrow), in "Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion."
  17. Looking forward to seeing it in letterbox format. I've only seen it in pan and scan and, yes, it gave me the heebie-jeebies.
  18. I thought the day was superbly programmed, coupling the two of them. Never having known Etaix's work before, I found his films a lot of fun.
  19. Well, I assume most everyone here is familiar with Noel Coward's alleged comment about Claudette's lack of a neck. I am guessing the short, upswept hairstyle she sported throughout her career helped show her neck as much as possible, and long hair would've made her look completely ... well, neckless. There's one Web page I found that dwells almost entirely on her control issues. How much of it is true and how much is legend is probably another discussion: http://www.paperdollywood.com/movie_star_bios/claudette_colbert.html So, Cher, there you go.
  20. I must say my jaw dropped a bit during Cher's discussion of Claudette Colbert. I thought has she not seen Midnight?
  21. Well I'm laughing. I thought "What a delightful thread, about an actress who'd never registered with me before." I also thought with a name like Estelle Mayce, it's little wonder she wasn't a bigger star. And I really wanted to see VICIOUS GRANDMA. Good one!
  22. I can understand why, when you've got Shirley Bassey to appear, they decided to do only "Goldfinger" -- and let her do the whole darned thing. But I just want to say on this thread that I also happen to love her on "Diamonds are Forever." I also love Herb Alpert's "Casino Royale," Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better," Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice," and several others I'd love to see in a Bond Medley someday. ----- As for Jennifer Lawrence on E! in the pressroom right after the awards, I thought she was hilarious, especially given the inane questions being
  23. LOL. And it's started, already on Day 1, the whining, the carping, the labeling it as possibly "a necessary evil." I'm a half-full kind of guy. I see it as a necessary opportunity, during which a lot of young people get a chance in a compressed period to catch up on a lot of great work. And some of those people will be turned on and join us in these message board conversations someday. I'll get to the gym more this month, and I'll watch some other shows I don't normally watch, but I'll come back to TCM to revisit
  24. Most of it's OK, but there's a couple of jarring spots. Not crazy about Chaplin's own "I'm Bound for Texas" song and the frantic scoring from around the 16-18 minute mark. But I guess this is the official soundtrack.
  25. I hated "Take My Breath Away"'s Oscar win because I hate the way the title sits/scans on the accompanying notes ("you take my breath uh-uh-way" violates basic songwriting rules, and not in a good way). I don't dislike the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" but hate the way it's shoehorned into the movie just for an Oscar nomination. The 60's Bachrach/David/New York pop sound also seems shoehorned onto the period the film's set in. Soundtracks are one thing; songs inserted into a film either as scoring (as this is) or sung by a character in a film (when the song itself is out
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